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Artists & Illustrators August 2017

Artists & Illustrators is the UK’s best-selling magazine for artists and art lovers, providing advice and inspiration every month. Published for almost 25 years, each issue of Artists & Illustrators contains a colourful palette of profiles and features, together with valuable practical ideas, expert technical advice and useful product tests. Whether you favour oils or watercolours, portraits or landscapes, abstract art or botanical illustration, Artists & Illustrators brings a refreshing blend of creativity and advice every four weeks throughout the year.

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step inside for inspiration

Who doesn’t like a good look around someone else’s place? Checking out the neighbour’s soft furnishings is one thing, but, for painters, space is a serious business. Where and when you paint can be just as important as the media and techniques you choose. Creating art is about process, and we all develop unique methods for getting the work done. But that doesn’t mean we can’t learn from the greats, so this month our Studio Special has cast its net around the UK to explore where you can get a taste for how artists as diverse as Henri Matisse (page 18), Sidney Nolan (page 22) and GF Watts (page 25) made their art, from the objects that inspired them to their paints of choice. And, to help you exploit these…

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your let ters

PAINTING STRIPES As an amateur artist, I read Artists & Illustrators avidly, looking to improve my techniques. I have difficulty with painting long, straight and even stripes in acrylics and oils. When I use a straight edge, the width is uneven. And when using masking tapes, the paint can creep underneath, and when removing the tape, the paint can be pulled away in other places. This subject surely warrants an article in its own right? Help please. Terence Compton, Tyne and Wear Do other A&I readers struggle with straight lines? Let us know and we’ll find out the answer… AN INSPIRED RETURN I went to art school in my 20s but, after graduating, stopped painting for almost 15 years. One day, I painted this portrait of my daughter just for fun. After a mid-life crisis,…

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9 artistic things to do in

1 ING DISCERNING EYE EXHIBITION OPEN CALL This show of small work is chosen by six prominent figures. The selectors, which this year include painter Anne Magill, actor Miranda Richardson and ING Collection curator Ellen Bertrams, each curate a section, resulting in six unique experiences within one overall exhibition. With several awards up for grabs, including the £5,000 ING Purchase Prize, submissions close at 5pm on 23 August. Up to six works can be entered but must not exceed 50cm in the largest dimension. www.discerningeye.org 2 VISIT Worcestershire Open Studios Make creative use of August Bank Holiday weekend and head to Worcestershire to explore the art on show at 70 different locations. From 26 to 28 August, visitors can peek inside normally unseen creative spaces and chat to the artists who work there. www.worcestershireopenstudios.org 3…

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LONDON RA Summer Exhibition 2017 Until 20 August 2017 Explore the best of what is happening in the art world right now at this must-see show. The Royal Academy of Arts.www.royalacademy.org.uk Be Magnificent: Walthamstow School of Art 1957-1967 Until 10 September 2017 This exhibition features leading names in art, fashion, music and film, including Peter Blake. William Morris Art Gallery.www.wmgallery.org.uk The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt Until 22 October 2017 Discover creative collaborations between artists and their portrait sitters. National Portrait Gallery.www.npg.org.uk Sargent: The Watercolours Until 8 October 2017 Visit the first UK show in almost 100 years dedicated to the watercolours of the Anglo-American artist John Singer Sargent. Dulwich Picture Gallery.www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk BP Portrait Award 2017 Until 24 September 2017 See shortlisted works from the most prestigious annual prize for portraiture. National Portrait Gallery.www.npg.org.uk Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art…

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fresh paint

KIERAN NAISH It seems fitting that the winner of this year’s People’s Prize at the prestigious Lynn Painter-Stainers competition depicts one of the UK’s most popular views. Kieran Naish, aged 22, from Beckenham in Kent, was awarded the honour for his oil painting View from Tate Modern, which features London’s St Paul’s Cathedral as seen from the popular gallery. It’s a vista most visitors seek out but, in Kieran’s painting, it is far from romanticised. The artist has captured the more plaintive aspects of the skyline – dreary office blocks and construction work – yet the energy of the mark-marking makes the chaos of the city’s tangled architectural heritage throb on the canvas. “I wanted to achieve a clear representation in a realist – as well as architectural – way,” he says.…

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matisse in the studio

THE ARTIST’S RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS WORKSPACE AND THE OBJECTS THAT FILLED IT WAS PARTICULARLY PROFOUND To the casual viewer of art, the end image is everything. They might think about what the artist is trying to communicate and make them feel, but the practicalities of how a painting comes into existence remains hidden. To practising artists, however, looking at a great artwork sparks a wealth of questions. How did the painter make that mark? What medium did they use to mix their paint? And, how was their studio set up? Artists love to peek behind-the-scenes at the spaces of those who excel in their field because studios are the place where inspiration mixes with the reality of painting and ideas take physical form. How a painter organises their space reveals a great…